Race to Dubai 2011

golferThe Race to Dubai 2011 promised to be bigger and better than ever before, with an expanded 52-tournament schedule and new events such as the Volvo Golf Champions in the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Sicilian Open in Sicily and the Iskandar Johor Open in Malaysia. Luke Donald dominated the European Tour to finish as a clear winner in a blistering year.

The Englishman won the WGC Ė Accenture Match Play Championship, the BMW PGA Championship and the Barclays Scottish Open, but it was his consistency which really set him apart and he was rarely out of the top ten at any event.

He went into the season-ending Dubai World Championship firmly in pole position and pulled further clear of nearest rival Rory McIlroy as he sealed another top-three finish, behind Alvaro Quiros of Spain and Scotlandís Paul Lawrie. The result also put Donald into the history books as it capped a memorable year when he had also finished top of the US PGA Tour money list, becoming the first player to win both of the main tours.

McIlroy, US Open champion in June, finished second in the overall Race to Dubai, while former winners Martin Kaymer and Lee Westwood also featured in the top five.

The final top 15 rankings for the Race to Dubai 2011 competition were as follows:

 

PLAYER

NATION

PRIZE MONEY (€)

01

Luke Donald

ENG

5,323,400

02

Rory McIlroy

NIR

4,002,168

03

Martin Kaymer

GER

3,489,033

04

Charl Schwartzel

RSA

2,929,829

05

Lee Westwood

ENG

2,439,601

06

Alvaro Quiros

SPA

2,259,242

07

Anders Hansen

DEN

2,074,366

08

Sergio Garcia

ESP

1,962,723

09

Thomas Björn

DEN

1,814,115

10

Simon Dyson

ENG

1,694,779

11

Darren Clarke

NIR

1,590,415

12

Miguel Angel Jimenez

ESP

1,570,454

13

Peter Hanson

SWE

1,500,590

14

Alexander Noren

SWE

1,427,643

15

Louis Oosthuizen

RSA

1,409,126